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YouTube Originals will be free to watch starting next month

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Aug 18, 2019
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  1. The countdown to (mostly) unfettered access to YouTube Originals is on.

    YouTube late last year announced that by 2020, its original content would be available to all users, not just those willing to pay a monthly subscription fee. The change in strategy is designed to make its programming available to a wider audience and is happening sooner than anticipated.

    From September 24, 2019, YouTube Originals will be available to all but there are still plenty of reasons to keep your YouTube Premium membership.

    Paying members will have access to ad-free viewing of YouTube Originals where free users will be subjected to an ad-supported offering. Furthermore, they’ll have access to every episode of a series right when it premieres; only select episodes of a show may be available for streaming for free at any given time, essentially dragging on the concept of appointment viewing.

    YouTube Premium subscribers will also be able to download YouTube Originals for offline viewing and have access to bonus content like director’s cuts and extra scenes.

    YouTube Premium commands $11.99 per month ($6.99 for eligible students / $17.99 for a family plan) and isn’t bound by contracts or other restrictions. It also includes access to YouTube Music Premium and Google Play Music at no extra cost.

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  2. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 299   +213

    I'm supposed to care why?
    Eldritch likes this.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,582   +5,140

    Is this more low budget crap no one wants to watch?

    We're supposed to care why?
    Eldritch likes this.
  4. Aus spot

    Aus spot TS Enthusiast Posts: 45   +25

    Cobra kai was actually a blast. Not sure of they made anything else
    Alexmx and avoidz like this.
  5. Eldritch

    Eldritch TS Addict Posts: 135   +131

    As others have already pointed out, why are we supposed to care? Youtube originals are mostly hot garbage anyway.
  6. Nobodysfool

    Nobodysfool TS Enthusiast Posts: 30   +28

    Too late, I already saw the episodes thanks to TPB. :p
  7. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 461   +59

    Impulse is the second best show on there.
  8. SirDigby

    SirDigby TS Evangelist Posts: 527   +189

    Two words why you should care... COLIN FURZE
  9. BigBoomBoom

    BigBoomBoom TS Booster Posts: 66   +62

    The only reason why I subscribed to Youtube Premium was Non-Original content (getting rid of ads) plus Youtube Music/Google Music. Originals, apart from Cobra Kai, have been pretty meh. Origin was the only other show that has proper budget but 2nd season was pulled, plus the story is kind of mixed bag.
  10. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,205   +2,482

    Personally, I take this as an indicator that things are not going as well as gagme/u-tub would have liked and that they are struggling for relevance in an already crowded streaming market.

    I would not be surprised if jumping on this fad is not working as well as they would have liked.

    sarcasm I feel sorry for them! /sarcasm
    Bp968 likes this.
  11. Bp968

    Bp968 TS Booster Posts: 110   +81

    CBS did the same thing going all in with star trek discovery, but the expanse and the orville are both better shows imo.

    We know Disney's going to make it, but I think plenty of the others are just going to slowly (or quickly) bleed out.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,179   +4,125

    Oddly, "colin furze",sounds like an ill conceived ad hype term for a 21st century enema. And that's even in all caps.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2019
    SirDigby likes this.

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